When your little one first becomes mobile, learning to crawl or walk your heart lights up, you whip out your phone to capture the moment and you add their achievement to social media. The last thing to cross your mind is all of the danger your home presents to an infant who is now ready to explore. Obviously your little one wont be poking at power cables the minute they figure out that they can move about unassisted, but their progress will be fast and its always best as a parent to be prepared. You’ll need to watch out for the biggest household dangers for newborns and childproof your home as soon as your child is mobile – rolling, crawling, or creeping around.
What sort of safety equipment should you consider?
A few pieces of safety equipment can help protect your baby from many common hazards. These are typically easy to install, relatively cheap and can give parents peace of mind when dealing with their little one’s mobility.
One of the easiest and most effective piece of safety equipment is the safety gate. If you have stairs these are a must, installed at both the top and the bottom of your staircase. You can also use safety gates to block off potentially dangerous areas of your home such as a bathroom, office or even the kitchen to keep your little one away from hot stoves and potentially sharp objects.
Outlet covers keep little fingers out of your electricity supply. For some reason, infants just love to poke their fingers into the holes you plug your appliances into. Keep your baby safe by covering all outlets not in use with outlet covers.
Cupboard latches can help keep you sane. Little ones just love to empty out your cupboards, and cupboard and door latches can help prevent you finding your Tupperware all over your kitchen floor. As a minimum, you should have cupboard latches on anywhere you keep chemicals such as the laundry or under the kitchen sink.
Toilet seat locks may sound extreme but babies can drown in as little as 2 inches of water. Keep your baby – and the toys they love to throw – out of your toilet bowl with a locking device. These toilet seat locks fasten on top of the seat keeping it closed. To open it, you simply press a button or undo a latch and the lid opens up for regular use.
What other safety equipment have you found useful for your little one?